Join Date: Sep 2003
Location: Connecticut, USA
Bin the mechanic. Alfas get a bad reputation due to poorly maintained examples being unreliable. It's an undeserved reputation that's unfortunately carried through to some mechanics. You don't want someone working on your car that feels like it's a waste of his time. Alfas, for the most part, are very well thought-out, mechanically. With the info you need, you can certainly do most of the work yourself.
As for the top manual, I could swear someone had made a PDF of it at some point. The installation is doable, but make sure it's a day you have a lot of time and a lot of patience. Do a search on this BB and you'll find accounts by those of us that have installed our own tops.
[FONT="Century Gothic"][B]Bob Farace[/B]
[COLOR="DarkGreen"]1971 Alfa Romeo 1750 Spider Veloce[/COLOR]
[I]Director, Connecticut branch, Scuderia Non Originale[/I][/FONT]